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ATLANTA/ARLINGTON, TX: April 04, 2017. UPS has launched a Saturday ground pick-up and delivery service in the U.S. that is expected to create over 6,000 jobs by the end of 2018.

UPS Saturday serviceUPS began testing a Saturday delivery in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Los Angeles last year and is now expanding the service this month to 15 U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle and Tampa.

The company said it would have coverage in 4,700 locations by November this year and over 5,800 cities and towns in 2018 - enabling online retail shippers using a ship-from-store strategy to achieve Monday deliveries for the vast majority of the U.S. population.

"The addition of another ground operations day more efficiently utilizes our existing delivery network and offers customers an even faster ground delivery solution," commented UPS chief marketing officer Teresa Finley.

In a related move the company has also announced it will invest US$200 million in a new 1.1 million square foot sort facility in Arlington, Texas - adding to eight facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that include an air gateway, ground freight and supply chain logistics centers.

"This project is part of our ongoing efforts to keep pace with rapidly evolving demands of eCommerce customers in Texas, across the U.S. and around the globe," said Craig Wiltz, president of UPS's Red River District that covers Texas and Oklahoma.

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